Generally a quiet month, July 2017 will go down in Cornish Ornithological history as one of the best ever! Paul Freestone reports on some amazing seabird records and an equally incredible rare Vagrant!
The 1st of the month saw a Woodchat Shrike at Boscastle and a Cattle Egret was at Walmsley. A Roseate Tern gave birders the runaround in Mounts Bay with sightings at Marazion and Penzance during the morning. Elsewhere a Red Kite flew over St Just. A seawatch from Porthgwarra on the 2nd produced fourteen Sooty Shearwaters and two Storm Petrels. The following day there were six Cattle Egrets at Walmsley and seawatching improved at Porthgwarra with adult Long-tailed Skua, five Great, twenty-nine Sooty and a couple of Balearic Shearwaters. There were very few reports of note on the 5th but all hell let loose on the 6th when Mark Wallace found the UK’s 2nd ever AMUR FALCON at Polgigga. The mega find created mass panic across the UK and birders descended on Polgigga in their hundreds. The bird, a first summer female, looked a bit tired and bedraggled to some, but survived the night, much to the delight of those who travelled through the night to see it. It was last seen flying north late morning on the 7th. Elsewhere on the 6th, a juvenile Dipper was an unusual sight on the Red River at Gwithian and two Crossbills were at Truro. Continue reading